Turns out that VirtualBox is extremely easy to use for personal virtualisation. I have been using KVM and XEN based virtualisation solutions on the server. They both work wonderfully for that purpose. However, for local machine virtualisation, they are both a chore to setup.
Turns out that another open source product – VirtualBox, is better suited for local virtualisation. I will ensure that it is made available for all my machines in the future. It even supports non-VT based hosts after KVM decided to drop support for it in their recent versions.
I have been setting up some personal virtual machines for the purpose of testing software. It is always a good idea to start off with a virgin machine when doing testing.
I hope that Oracle does not kill this product!